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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball 82 - Cal State Bakersfield 68 Notes & Quotes

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"We're joined by the Sooners of Oklahoma, Head Coach Lon Kruger, Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins. Coach, your thoughts about this afternoon's game? COACH KRUGER: Well, very, very hard fought game. I thought Bakersfield, for 35 minutes, if they didn't outplay us, they certainly played even. Coach Barnes always does a great job. His teams are always very well prepared. They do a terrific job defensively, and today was no surprise.

It's a good first round win. I told our guys afterwards, I said, hey, they caused us to play less than what we'd like to. But Bakersfield did that. Appreciate winning. Appreciate winning and playing again, because it's not easy to do that, and proud of the guys for doing that. Got to figure out how to get better here in the next 48 hours to play a very good VCU club." - Lon Kruger on the game in general

"I think as a team we handled their pressure all night, and we just focused on getting stops and coming down to it. Just trying to make plays on the defensive end to lead on the offense." - Isaiah Cousins on closing the game out

"Yes, it's March. Teams are going to keep fighting and nobody's going to go away really. You've got to really put somebody away and just keep making shot after shot. They're a team that wouldn't go away. They just kept fighting and we respect that. We just had to find a way to win. Guys like me and Isaiah were able to make shots and everybody was able to make plays for each other, and we made plays when we needed to." - Buddy Hield on the resiliency on CSU Bakersfield

"It means a lot. We worked so hard for this all season by competing in the non-conference and in the Big 12 Conference, and we put ourselves in the position to come here and play in front of our fans. So having the fans here, we got stagnant a little bit in the second half and we needed them.

Isaiah was able to make that three and we just feed off the energy. So having their energy in the building, we feel the energy around us, and that gave us momentum to pull out games like this." - Buddy Hield on playing in Oklahoma City

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma's win on Friday improved them to 38-29 all-time in the NCAA Tournament in 30 total appearances.
  • Lon Kruger, making his 17th NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach, improved to 17-16 all-time in the tourney and 10-7 in opening rounds.
  • OU had three players score in double figures: Buddy Hield (27), Isaiah Cousins (16) and Jordan Woodard (15).

  • Oklahoma shot exactly 50 percent (28-56) from the field, including 55 percent (11-20) from three-point range. The 11 treys marked the Sooners' 22nd game this season with 10-or-more made triples which is a school record.

  • The game featured five ties and five lead changes. CSU Bakersfield led by as many as eight in the first half. OU's largest lead was 15 late in the second.

  • OU forced 14 Roadrunner turnovers, which led to 20 points on the other end for the Sooners.

  • On Friday afternoon, OU's starters of Cousins, Hield, Spangler and Woodard made their 101st consecutive start together.
  • Buddy Hield posted a game-high 27 points on 8 of 14 shooting overall, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. He also knocked down 8 of 9 from the foul line. Hield also added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the game
  • Friday marked Hield's 17th game this season scoring at least 25 points (most in college basketball) and his 24th outing with at least 20.
  • With three 3-pointers vs. CSU Bakersfield, Hield extended his Big 12 single-season record of 130 treys.
  • Isaiah Cousins registered 16 points in Friday's game, his 26th double-figure scoring outing of the season (and 16th in the last 19 games).
  • Jordan Woodard recorded 15 points against CSU Bakersfield for his 23rd double-figure scoring game of the season. He went 5 of 8 overall, including 3 of 5 from long range.
  • Dante Buford scored nine points and registered four assists in 18 minutes of play. It marked the most points scored in a game from Buford since Jan. 18 at Iowa State (14).